#strathconacircle – More with Less

The Outdoor Centre building is home to a commercial kitchen which supplies food to our Whale Room (Family style buffet) and Myrna’s (a la carte restaurant), 9 hotel rooms and a staff room In 2009 we installed a solar panel system to assist in heating the building and water…

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OUR ‘SECOND HAND’ WILDERNESS IS LIVING DOWN HISTORY LESSONS By Roger Prior, Island Review, June 1983 Every day a small fleet of deluxe air-conditioned buses zooms through Strathcona Park, twice daily up to the head of the lake, and twice back down again to Campbell River. The tour business…


Living On The Edge – #strathconacircle

Living On The Edge – Being open to new experiences, new ideas and people’s differences. Hand in hand with Challenge by Choice, Living on the Edge means trying. It’s being brave and climbing into a kayak for the first time. It’s doing your best on the high ropes course.…


Happy Warrior – #strathconacircle

Happy Warrior – Going at tasks (including the mundane or daunting) with gusto, being a positive contributor to a team and always pitching in. The rain is pouring down and camp is still a long way off, yet the entire group is singing at the top of their lungs.…


Generosity of Spirit – #strathconacircle

Generosity of Spirit – Thinking of others with kindness and charity, giving others the benefit of the doubt, treating people with respect. No matter the task you’ll see people chipping in at the Lodge. Whether it’s stoking the sauna so others can sweat or picking up that piece of…


Challenge by Choice- #strathconcircle

Challenge by Choice – Providing the opportunity for individuals to choose to take appropriate risks in a safe environment where success is guaranteed. While the zip lines at Strathcona appear dangerous, the cables, pulleys and caribiners are strong enough to hold a car. That doesn’t make that first step…


Stewardship – #strathconacircle

Stewardship – Caring for one’s local environment and teaching others to care too When a logging company planned to cut old growth trees in a pristine valley Strathcona helped organize a land swap, even though it meant more logging in their viewscape. The Lodge and its employees have been…


More with Less – #strathconacirlce

More with Less – Minimizing one’s impact on the planet through one’s choices. In 2013 we installed anaerobic digesters which reduced the amount of waste going to the landfill by 44%. How do you do “more with less”?  Tag your photos, tweets, posts, etc with #strathconacircle and tell us…


What is the #strathconacircle ?

Six core values guide us in what we teach and how we operate as a business. Together they form the #strathconacircle. More with Less – Minimizing one’s impact on the planet through one’s choices Strathcona Park Lodge is a self contained community of more than 20 buildings, 50 or…


COLT Registration Update

We accept a maximum of 2 groups of 10 per semester. We guarantee to run at least 1 group per semester but the second group will only run once it has met a minimum amount of participants. To ensure your spot or to inquire about the most recent enrollment…


RENDEZVOUS CANADA –1985 A story by David Boulding Flash Back Friday

  Some 25 years ago, maybe longer, Jim and Myrna were invited to the second year of Rendezvous Canada. This is a federally funded high profile project that connects the best international buyers and sellers of quality tourism products from around the world to the finest Canadian tourist operators.…


PATRICK FULLER- Flash Back Fridays

Jim had electric lines, water lines, septic pipes and propane all in the same trenches. One day Patrick came upon an outdoor electric socket with water pouring out of the plug. He found out that a join in a nearby water line had separated. Because the electric line had…


Hilary Stewart (1924-2014) – Flash Back Fridays

It is with sadness we must note the passing on June 5 of the renowned BC artist and author Hilary Stewart, author of more than ten titles including Cedar: Tree of Life of the North West Coast Indians and the perennial bestseller Looking at Totem Poles. Long a resident…


“Wilderness in jeopardy: see it before it’s gone” – Flash Back Fridays

By Myrna Boulding, the Campbell River Courier, Thursday, September 25, 1986 The former minister of Lands, Parks and Housing, Jack Kempf, spoke to the Gold River Chamber of Commerce on Sept. 16, not on Strathcona Park as he was originally scheduled to do but on forestry, his new portfolio.…


TIM RIPPEL 1983 – Flash Back Fridays! (#FBF)

I was accepted in the 4 month Guide program at Strathcona Park Lodge in March of 1983. After the course I was hired and worked six seasons instructing and guiding school groups, and led the COLT -Land based program teaching survival,search and rescue, climbing and mountaineering courses. My first…


PARK USE PERMITS FOR TRIPS 1983 – Flash Back Fridays! (#FBF)

Vancouver Island, Canada Strathcona Park Lodge and Outdoor Education Centre P.O. Box 2160, Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada V9W 5C9 August 30, 1983 Province of British Columbia Ministry of Lands, Parks and Housing Parks and Outdoor Recreation Division Victoria, B.C. Attention: Mr. K.W. Baker Manager, Operations Section Dear Sirs:…


JANET BRENCHLEY-KRUG summer of 1982 – Flash Back Fridays (#FBF)

Janet was 21-years-old when she worked at the Lodge for four months in 1982. Following in her footsteps, her brother, Derrick Brenchley, came to work for the Lodge two years later. I was an instructor/leader with school groups in May and June. During the summer, I led Adventure Camps,…


TERESA STRUKOFF 1982 – Flash Back Fridays

Teresa lived at the Lodge off and on over a period of eighteen years beginning in 1983. Her first visit was to a folk weekend in 1982. She came with her friend and former Simon Fraser roommate Danusia Kanachowski. She came back to the Lodge and helped to look…


Youth Potential: an interview with Jim Boulding 1982 – Flash Back Fridays

“The great potential of this country is our young people. There is a real need to have trained staff in these fields to staff other programs. We don’t mind that they go elsewhere. There’s enough here (in Canada) for everyone. Tourism programs can provide needed rural employment and development…


LODGE AS SEEN BY A CANADIAN ‘TRAVEL’ ARTICLE 1982 – Flash Back Fridays

Strathcona Lodge is Canadian in outlook What you see is what you get. Jim Boulding in the city is the Jim Boulding you’ll meet in the wilds of Strathcona Park on Vancouver Island. Granted, there may be a necktie in the city, but somehow you know it’s just a…


KRISTIN FINKBINER 1982 – Flash Back Fridays

My first visit to Strathcona Park Lodge was in August 1982, when I was 16. My cousin Brad Mielke was working at the Lodge as a chef for the summer. I returned as a volunteer in 1989 when I was 23. I stayed from Aug 1989 through January 1990. My…


YVONNE WILLIAMS 1981 – Flash Back Fridays

In September of 1981, after eight months of going through a miserable divorce and down to 99 pounds (boy is that a long time ago) I drove from Calgary to the Lodge. I think I realized that a little time there would help me to get my equilibrium back.…


NOOTKA’S HOT SPRINGS – Flash Back Fridays

The strongest hikers were in front, pushing a tunnel through a three-metre- high jungle of salal. One by one, they plunged into the bush and disappeared. From above, on a granite bluff, it looked as if the salal was being shaken by a monstrous snake. We were plodding across…


Dave King lost with kids on mountain – Flash Back Fridays

One of my favourite stories from Strathcona involved a hike on Elk Mountain which was located across the lake from the Lodge. It was before the mountain was so dramatically clear cut. The original Elk Mountain was beautiful. Trees like what you would expect to see in Cathedral Grove;…


Don’t Eat the Syrup! – Flash Back Fridays

Many years ago, I was having an early breakfast as usual. That week we had a group of Elderhostel attending courses at the Lodge. When I came to my table that morning with my pancakes and got a whiff of the syrup, I realized that it was not maple…


“THE START OF A LEGEND… JIM BOULDING 1932-1986” – Flash Back Fridays

By Miriam Trevis, Nootka News, May 21, 1986 A Strathcona brochure to our house did stray With a beckoning message to come away To the wild and windy Nootka shores And leave behind life’s daily chores Decision was made and with a very stout heart We stuffed our backpacks…